When it comes to
recreation, you can probably do just about anything and everything
in Florence. Fly over the ocean sands on a thrilling dune buggy
ride. Play a round of golf at one of the most beautiful courses in
the world. Or grab a sailboard, a set of water skis, or a pair of
swim trunks and play in the water. With the Oregon Dunes nearby,
pristine Pacific Northwest forests, dozens of freshwater lakes and
rivers, immaculate golf courses, endless public beaches, and a
bounty of other natural wonders to see and explore, you'll never
run out of things to do in Florence.
Rees Jones and William G.
Robinson were the men who designed Sandpines Golf Links and Ocean
Dunes Golf Links, respectively. Together, this pair of beautiful
Florence golf courses compliment each other in their award winning
design and their style of play. They also make for some of the
most relaxing and beautiful landscaping in the area.
Ocean Dunes has a double
green, sand dunes, beach grass, links-style pot bunkers, and
spectacular views. Sandpines has been voted Number One in Golf
Digest's 1996/97 "America's Top 75 Affordable Courses,"
one of the "Top 5 Courses to Play in Oregon," and was
also voted the "Best New Public Course in America" by
Golf Digest in 1993.
While golf is a year-round
sport in Florence, the best time to play is during the autumn,
from September to November, or so say local residents. So don't
waste your precious time -- grab your bag of clubs and get out on
The beaches at Florence
are breathtaking, and can be accessed at several locations:
Siltcoos Lake, Heceta Beach, Sutton Creek, Devil's Elbow, Muriel
Ponsler Wayside, Washburne Park, and the gravel bar at Big Creek.
Throw on some good beach clothes, grab a chair (or a pile of
sand), and watch the waves and a spectacular Pacific sunset.
For the visitor who
cherishes the chance to spend some time at the ocean's edge
searching for marine bounty, Florence's beaches come highly
recommended. The ocean currents here wash up fascinating
treasures: bottles, nets, Japanese glass fishing floats, logs, and
other bits of driftwood. The cross-oceanic voyages some of these
objects make are attested to by the Indian and Eskimo artifacts
that commonly land on the beach here.
The spectacular Oregon
Dunes National Recreational Area stretches for 40 majestic miles
in this region, from Coos Bay in the south all the way up to
Florence. The sand dunes here reach up to hundreds of feet in
height and make up river, forest, and wetland habitats. Hikers,
beachcombers, artists, nature lovers, and ATV enthusiasts converge
on these spectacular dunes, which provide vantage points of
Florence and the Pacific.
A good place to tour the
dunes and learn about the natural forces that shaped these
mountains of sand is the Sand Dunes Frontier and Theme Park in
Florence. Not only does Sand Dunes offer narrated sandbuggy tours
of the dunes, but they also have thrilling sand rail rides and
rent out ATVs to guests. Sand Dunes also features camping sites, a
restaurant, gift store, and other attractions.
-- Just a Few Suggestions
Florence is watersports
heaven. Popular ways to spend your time on and in the water
include water skiing, scuba diving, river rafting, canoeing, jet
skiing, spear fishing, sailboating and sailboarding, and even
taking a ride in a sea plane. And then, of course, there's good
old-fashioned swimming. But certainly, if you like spending your
time on the water, you've come to the right place.
Pages for more information.
to Go/Who to Call
& Shoreline Activities:
Highway 101, 4 miles south of Florence
1560 2nd Street
E. Mapleton Road
Frontier & Theme Park
Highway 101, 4 miles south of Florence
85366 Highway 101 S.
Dunes Golf Links
3345 Munsel Lake Road
1201 35th Street
90241 Highway 101 N.
On the Siuslaw River in Old Town Florence
2001 Airport Way
83595 Highway 101, 5 miles south of town
|Sea Lion Caves
Highway 101, 11 miles north of Florence
80135 Highway 101, Gardiner
Charters & Whalewatching
Casino, Museums & Events:
1930 Highway 101
715 Quince Street
1377 Bay Street
Honeyman State Park
85294 Highway 101 S.
270 Hwy 101,
Florence, Oregon 97439